Orgy Of The Dead Features Incredibly Bad Acting, & Writing
An Ed Wood Masterpiece From The Writer & Director Of “Plan 9 From Outer Space”
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957) is acknowledged by classic movie buffs as among the worst films ever made. Edward D. Wood Jr. the director-writer of Plan 9 has a body of work to make a moviegoer either cringe or provoke hysterical laughter.
But having seen the sexploitation cheapie Orgy of the Dead (1965), I believe Ed Wood did top himself.
Orgy of the Dead stars celebrity psychic, the Amazing Criswell, obviously reading from cue cards in his rise and fall stentorian voice. No one will ever confuse Criswell’s acting methods with Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep.
There is no orgy and the dead are unfortunately living. The story is inconsequential. The whole movie is an excuse to show topless women dancing awkwardly to mistimed, bad music. Grade Z actors reciting Wood’s nonsensical dialogue in terrible costumes just adds to the hilarity. And it’s all in glorious color.
Here are some of Criswell’s highlights:
Edward D. Wood Jr. only wrote Orgy of the Dead and was not behind the camera. However, you would not know that as Stephen C. Apostolof closely followed Wood’s director playbook. Besides the previously mentioned flaws, the film also has poor continuity; horrible lighting; cheap sets; woeful editing and ostensibly no directing of the actors movements or delivery of lines.
If you wish to subject yourself, the entire 92 minute Orgy of the Dead film can be seen here.
For those who have never seen the biographical movie “Ed Wood” (1994) starring Johnny Depp you should. It is a straightforward, fairly accurate and at times touching biopic of the struggling auteur’s life. Besides Depp’s wonderful performance, one of the highlights of Ed Wood is Martin Landau playing Bela Lugosi, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.